I'm currently an avid user of Kubuntu 12.10 x64 on my mid-end gaming machine, but I recently acquired some old (It's not ancient, but it is old) hardware from a friend and was thinking about doing something with it. I currently have XP Pro on it and I use it primarily to browse the web and do Windows things when I'm booted into Kubuntu when I don't feel like rebooting. There's really no need to upgrade it. I already have a mid-range powerhouse Mac and gaming PC. It's really just my "tinkering" machine. Just seeing what I can do with it.
My current machine is as follows:
*DiabloTek DIAMOND CPA-0170 Black Mini Tower case
* 400 watt power supply (came with case)
* ABIT NV7-S Mobo
* Athlon 2400+ "Barton" overclocked from 1.80 @ 2.05 GHz
* 1 GB DDR (2 512mb dual channel)
* AGP NVIDIA MX200 (This is my bottleneck, me thinks)
* 160 GB IDE Drive
* Generic DVD drive
I'm pretty happy with it, but XP is nearing EOL and I'm looking for alternatives. I'd throw the x86 version of Kubuntu 12.10 on it, but I don't think the graphics card would be able to keep up. I was thinking Debian, but I'm not really into advanced distros that require advanced "tweakage" to work. According to my friend Debian is (in his words), "Driver Hell". I looked it up and there's literally 50 ISO's to choose from (8 on the DVD version on i386). What one do I choose if Debian is my best bet? http://www.debian.or...ttp-ftp/#stable
I got the idea to use Debian because it uses Gnome 2 which is pretty lightweight and doesn't tax the GPU too much. It's an idea that can be scrapped.
Honestly, what should I do?
A. If it ain't broken don't fix it. - Leave XP on it
B. Go with Linux Distro